On September 21, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) issued helpful guidance to assist companies in complying with the CEO/median employee pay ratio disclosure requirement (the “Rule”) under Section 953(b) of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and Item 402(u) of Regulation S-K. The guidance also addresses the issue of SEC
It is well known that specified employees of publicly-traded companies must wait at least six months following a separation from service to receive payments of deferred compensation triggered by such separation. The six-month delay requirement must be set forth in the plan establishing the right to the payment of deferred compensation on or before the date the applicable individual first becomes a specified employee. Failure to do so, either as a matter of documentary or operational compliance, could result in the imposition of draconian penalty taxes and interest charges on the service provider under Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (the “Code”).
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